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VOL. 131 | NO. 39 | Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Neil Young, Paul Simon, Modest Mouse Top Beale Street Music Fest Lineup

By Bill Dries

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(Memphis in May International Festival)

Neil Young, Beck, Paul Simon, Train and Modest Mouse are among the headliners for the 2016 Beale Street Music Festival, April 29-May 1, in Tom Lee Park.

The lineup of 64 performers over the opening weekend of the month-long Memphis in May International Festival was released to the public Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Of the 64 performers in the lineup, 30 are newcomers to the Beale Street Music Festival lineup.

That includes Young, who is touring with the band Promise of the Real; Simon; Modest Mouse; Meghan Trainor, who recently won the Best New Artist Grammy; and singer, songwriter and choreographer Jason Derulo.

It’s been more than 30 years since Young has played Memphis. His last Memphis show was in July 1983 at the Mid-South Coliseum.

Young is one of four Canadian acts performing as the larger Memphis In May International Festival honors Canada. The other Canadian performers are Barenaked Ladies, singer-songwriter Coleman Hell and blues artist Jack Semple.

The bill also includes Those Pretty Wrongs, the new project of Big Star drummer and Ardent Studios CEO Jody Stephens.

The duo of Stephens and Luther Russell of the Freewheelers is one of 14 local acts at the festival. Among the others are Julien Baker, whose debut studio album, “Sprained Ankle,” was released last year to critical acclaim; Yo Gotti; and Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All Stars.

The music festival, in its 40th year, features a wide range of music – from Latino hip-hop veterans Cypress Hill to Americana artist Lucinda Williams to blues rocker Doyle Bramhall II.

For the first time in several years, the lineup does not include a festival performance by Jerry Lee Lewis.

Here is the lineup by each day, topped by the headliners:

Friday, April 29

Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Weezer
Train
Panic! At The Disco
Grace Potter
Gin Blossoms
Young The Giant
Trampled By Turtles
The Struts
Coleman Hell
Walter Trout
Julien Baker
Doyle Bramhall II
Larry McCray
Ghost Town Blues Band
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
Terry “Harmonica” Bean

Saturday, April 30

Meghan Trainor
Modest Mouse
Jason Derulo
Barenaked Ladies
Yo Gotti
Violent Femmes
Cypress Hill
Jonny Lang
Moon Taxi
Lucinda Williams
Houndmouth
Los Lobos
The Front Bottoms
Better Than Ezra
Lunchmoney Lewis
Ana Popovic
Luther Dickinson
Will Tucker
Amasa Hines
Magic Dick and Shun NG
Jack Semple
Charles Wilson
Duwayne Burnside
Blind Mississippi Morris
Larry Long & Rev. Reverend Robert Rev.

Sunday, May 1

Beck
Paul Simon
Zedd
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Cold War Kids
The Arcs
Bastille
Courtney Barnett
Indigo Girls
Blackberry Smoke
The Joy Formidable
The Lone Bellow
Bernard Allison
Those Pretty Wrongs
John Primer
Alex Da Ponte
John Nemeth
Brandon Santini
Barbara Blue
Leo Bud Welch
Bill Abel

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 116 288 17,672
MORTGAGES 143 337 20,372
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 26 2,671
BUILDING PERMITS 139 488 36,434
BANKRUPTCIES 43 158 11,322
BUSINESS LICENSES 35 93 5,802
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 38 65 6,779
MARRIAGE LICENSES 18 86 4,002